Praise for Kingdom of Simplicity
"The Amish life is a harsh one, but a simple one, and there is a certain joy in simplicity. "Kingdom of Simplicity" is a novel of the Amish life. Eli, a young Amish man still grappling with the tragedy that struck his family... embarks on the Amish tradition of rumspring...(and) finds that friendship can do much to heal wounds. Written in response to her own tragedies, "Kingdom of Simplicity" is an intriguing read all the way through." - Midwest Book Review, James Cox, editor
"Holly Payne has graced us with a guide to forgiveness through the mechanism of an enjoyable and well written story. Rich characters and compelling insights allow us to understand and hopefully use the peace her protagonist struggles to find...."
-Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. author of Forgive for Good
director of Stanford Forgiveness Projects
"KINGDOM OF SIMPLICITY tells a story about scars, literal and metaphoric. Like the culture of the Amish she has chosen to explore, Holly Payne tells a gripping story with quiet grace, economy and contained (but never absent) emotion. It's a gem."
- Joyce Maynard
"I can't say enough of how much I loved this wonderful novel. It has the depth of character of the best of Chaim Potok's work in terms of its explorations of the inside of a close knit religious world and the emotional conflicts that sometimes arise for individual members. Issues of love and honor and forgiveness take center stage in this moving and triumph work."
-Sheryl Cotleur, Buying Director at Book Passage
"Payne takes us into the exotic, strange world of the Amish to explore the universal nature of forgiveness. Eli Yoder is a young man born with a disfigurement common to his community—webbed hands—but who carries a deeper disfigurement in his heart—an inability to come to terms with a tragic accident and the unknown man who caused it. I found myself rooting for Eli, and I was taken to the place where the best books take us—into my own heart, wondering what on earth I would do if I was in his shoes."
-Caroline Paul, author of East, Wind Rain and Fighting Fire
"An unforgettable tale of loss, hope, and redemption that establishes Holly
Payne as one of our finest literary fiction writers . . . Eli's journey resonates with our human need to find meaning in an often incomprehensible world."
-C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen
"I marveled at the depth of research and felt completely immersed in the culture and customs of the Pennsylvania Amish. With persistently graceful prose, Holly Payne builds a world that we are heartbroken to leave when the story ends. A beautiful, literary treasure box."
- Erika Mailman, author of The Witch's Trinity
“Holly Payne’s KINGDOM OF SIMPLICITY is a classic tale of the redemptive power of forgiveness. Eli Yoder will capture both the readers heart and their compassion as he struggles to come to terms with the trauma of his past. Payne’s skill as writer makes KINGDOM OF SIMPLICITY irresistible and Eli’s story will remain with her readers for years to come.”
-Kathleen Caldwell, owner of A Great Good Place for Books
"I loved this story. I sat in the middle of the Philadelphia airport reading the end of the book in tears. My heart just broke for Eli Yoder page after page. How misguided we are in our youth, or even as adults, when we make assumptions about our identities and the way others perceive us. KINGDOM OF SIMPLICITY is a gift to share with abundance."
-Rosanne Selfon, President of Women of Reform Judaism